at Riverside Dental Group want you to feel comfortable going in for your biannual checkups. Like any matter of health, when people have anxiety and procrastinate on checkups, not giving attention to smaller issues, things can get much worse. What was once a small cavity that might just need to be rechecked in six months could swiftly become the necessity for a root canal procedure or an extraction, and then a replacement tooth. Wouldn’t you rather just stick to the schedule and keep up with your cleanings every six months rather than face the diagnosis of a severely decayed tooth, or worse?

Your Dental Hygienist

Dental hygienists haven’t always existed in the field of dentistry, but just about any dentist would be the first to point out how valuable they are to any well-run dental practice. Hygienists are expected to achieve a complete education at an accredited dental hygiene school. Without a license, they won’t be able to find a job. The clinical examination and national board exam are both arduous for hygienists, but they are happy to learn so that they can in turn teach their patients the best practices for maintaining stellar oral health. Hygienists don’t only clean teeth. They have administrative duties, perform and interpret x-rays, provide oral health assessments on patients, educate patients, and clean off plaque and tartar buildup on teeth and at the gumline. Your dental hygienist will also be the one to apply dental sealants and fluoride treatments to young patients.

After the Cleaning

Once your teeth are cleaned, they will be polished to a gorgeous sheen. One of your Riverside dentists will step in to get debriefed by the hygienist on your oral health and how everything looks. They will view your x-rays and examine your mouth to make sure everything looks good. This will include a screening for oral cancer signs or symptoms. You will most likely leave the office after a dental cleaning feeling refreshed and healthy, ready to enjoy six months of a clean bill of dental health. Then, rinse and repeat.

Dental Cleanings from Riverside Dentists

If you want to keep your teeth healthy, brush twice a day, floss daily, and visit your Riverside dentists and hygienists every six months, without fail. We are happy to offer comprehensive dentistry for the whole family. If you are due for a dental checkup or cleaning, contact our 92506 dentist office at (951) 369-1001. We serve patients throughout Riverside County.